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Cebu City is credited with having a lot of shopping malls, the main new one being SM Seaside City Cebu, is huge departmental store, a supermarket, movie theatre's an Ice Rink and many other shops and restaurants. The Ayala mall is a shopping complex housing the same facilities as those of SM City Cebu, the only difference being that is has more restaurants and stores that tourists find attractive. These modern buildings have a lot of Western goods to offer for sale apart from the local goods available in the shops.
The Majestic Chinese Seafood Restaurant and the Magellan's Landing are in the Marina Hall in Mactan. Those fond of high stakes gambling can go to the casinos that are situated in the two Waterfront hotels, one in Cebu and the other near Mactan airport. It is not that the city is laced only with big shopping malls. Lots of very old and smaller malls are also there all over the city, like the Country mall, Robinson's mall, e-mall and Mango Square.
The Colon part of the old Downtown is a nice area to shop. Bookshops are also available in plenty. A visit to the National Book Stores is a must if you want to get a good deal. Hardware stores are available in almost all the malls if you need to fix something. In fact, a huge warehouse called Makro is situated near SM and offers reasonable prices for goods purchased in bulk. White Gold near SM is the perfect place to buy household items at cheap rates. Furniture shopping can be done in places like Sun Gold and Mandaue Foam, although one should remember to bargain for a minimum discount of at least 10 to 20% of the original price.
The main markets in Cebu City are Carbon Market and the Taboan Fish Market which is situated close to Carbon Market in downtown Cebu. The Carbon Market is the oldest and largest farmer's market in Cebu City, located in the Central Visayas region of the Philippines, and is a major tourist attraction. It is wheelchair accessible and located in downtown Cebu City on MC Briones Street, Ermita barangay, and can be reached by taxi or jeepneys in that area. Items sold include clothing and kalamansi baskets from Bohol, fish, chickens, and tripe as well as souvenirs and handicrafts. Although pickpockets (thieves) are active in downtown areas of Carbon and Taboan Markets the areas are policed by the police, security guards, and vendors so just be aware and make sure your items and money are secure on your person.
Shopping Malls in and around Cebu City.
Gaisano Country Mall -Cebu City - Cebu.
Gaisano Fiesta Mall - Talisay - Cebu
Gaisano Grand - Carcar - Cebu
Gaisano Grand Mall - Lapu-Lapu - Cebu
Gaisano Grand - Mandaue - Cebu
Gaisano Mactan Island Mall - Lapu-Lapu - Cebu
J-Center Mall - Mandaue City - Cebu
JY Square Discovery Mall - Cebu City - Cebu
Pacific Mall - Mandaue - Cebu
Parkmall – Mandaue - Cebu
Robinsons Galleria -Cebu City - Cebu
Robinsons Fuente - Cebu City - Cebu
SM City Cebu -Cebu City - Cebu
SM City Consolacion - Consolacion - Cebu
SM Seaside City - Cebu City - Cebu
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Ayala Center Cebu is a large shopping mall at the Cebu Business Park in Cebu City, Philippines. It is the first Ayala Shopping Center located outside Metro Manila. It was opened in 1994, and is owned by Ayala Malls. On an average day, more than 85,000 people visit Ayala Center Cebu, with the figure increasing to 135,000 on weekends. On October 30, 2008, Ayala Center Cebu unveiled "The Terraces", a P600-million redevelopment that transformed what used to be a simple lagoon area to a food and beverage strip with the signature Ayala-landscaping and orchestrated water features. A second expansion will be unveiled after the terraces opens. On 2010 Ayala unveiled that the expansion will open in the last quarter of 2013 and will bring international brands and will debut in Cebu and first time in the Philippines.
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SM City Cebu is a large shopping mall located in Cebu City, Philippines. It is the 4th shopping mall owned and developed by SM Prime Holdings, the country's largest shopping mall owner and developer. It is the company's first shopping mall outside of Metro Manila and the 4th largest shopping mall in the Philippines. It has a land area of 11.8 hectares and a gross floor area of 268,611 m2 (2,891,300 sq ft), becoming part of the world's 15 largest shopping malls and making it the 11th largest shopping mall in the world in 2009. On an average day, more than 100,000 people visit SM City Cebu, with the figure increasing to 140,000 to 150,000 on weekends. Due to Cebu City's position as a gateway shipment point for the Visayas and Mindanao, and SM City Cebu's location close to the city's port area, the mall attracts a significant number of transient shoppers. The mall first opened in November 1993, and was seen as catering to the low and middle class of shoppers, in contrast to its upmarket competitor, Ayala Center Cebu which opened a few months later. An expansion wing that particularly targeted upper class customers was added in 2007. As of 2009, the mall has undergone major renovation. Expansion plans with a hotel and convention center are being developed. More shops are being proposed in 2012.
SM City Cebu is a four-level complex featuring eight cinemas with a total seating capacity of 8,848, a food court, a fully computerized bowling center, 8,000-square meter amusement center, and a 2,000-square meter trade hall. Prior to the addition of the Northwing, it had a car park capacity of 1,629. The Northwing expansion, opened in 2007, features two floors of retail stores, restaurants, and cafes. It houses more than 200 tenants and caters to a more upscale clientele. The expansion also added three levels of covered parking, and a one level of roof deck parking. SM City Cebu, opened on November 27, 1993 with an area of 161,562 m2 (1,739,040 sq ft). To initially attract shoppers, Manila-based movie and television stars and entertainers performed free concerts at the mall. Construction on SM City Cebu's expansion building, dubbed the Northwing, began in March 2006. The expansion, which was developed at a cost of P1.3 billion (US$30.5 million), was built on the parking lot to the north of the existing building, temporarily decreasing the number of parking spaces by more than 30%. The Northwing was started in April 2007, and opened in November 2007, featuring spacious hallways catering to the leisure market and upper class customers, while the existing mall, redubbed as the Southwing, is targeted for those who "love the hustle and bustle".
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The SM SRP shopping complex is now open and will also include a church, hotels, a conference and convention center, several residential buildings, and a variety of community facilities. Elevated walkways will connect the mall with the other structures. The mall itself is estimated to occupy over 93,570 square meters in lot area. An iconic viewing tower, which stands tall at 100 meters, will provide a breathtaking view of the city. Inspired by SM Mall of Asia’s globe, SM Seaside City will have a cube showcasing dazzling LED lights to welcome mall visitors. The mall will also feature a roof garden, which is a 23,442 square meter elevated park with dining establishments.The world-class mall will have four levels and will have a number of anchors. Among its features are: SM Department Store, SM Hypermart, a food court, a five-theater cineplex and an IMAX theatre, an 18-lane SM Bowling and Amusement Center, and an ice skating rink. It will also be home to approximately 800 food and retail shops. It will also have a furniture zone, a fashion boulevard, numerous wining and dining outlets, and a covered event area.
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